If you’re going somewhere swank to pop champagne tonight in celebration of the New Year, you’ll need a black-tie-worthy timepiece to suit the occasion. These formal dress watches are elegantly minimalist, with slender hands, discreet markers or Roman numerals, slim cases and subtle crowns. All designed to be the most sober thing in the room. Happy New Year from Haute Time and here’s to a great 2014!
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin, with 5.9mm thick case, rendered in 18k white gold. It contains manual-wound in-house caliber L093.1, with a 72-hour power reserve.
Piaget Altiplano Date, with a 40mm, 18k white gold case. It contains the world’s thinnest automatic movement with date, at 3mm thick. The fully cased watch is only 6.36mm thick.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin, with automatic caliber 898C, in an 18k gold watch measuring just 7.48mm thick. The watch has a 43-hour power reserve. With Dauphine hands and gold hour markers on an eggshell sunburst dial.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227 has an officer’s style dust cover on the caseback, with an invisible hinge. The case is still only 9.24mm thick. It contains caliber 324 SC, with a Gyromax balance and Spiromax balance spring. In 18k gold, with Dauphine hands.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Extra Thin in 18k rose gold, with a skeletonized version of in-house caliber 2121 (Cal 5122), highlighted by a galvanic anthracite treatment and gold hands.